Toast to Coast!

Now is the time to be shellfish as many of these shelled favorites are at their peak in terms of texture, flavor, and weight. They also pair so perfectly with the harvest flavors of corn, squash, pumpkins, and more. One that I’m most excited about is the Alaska Red King Crab. The season will be in full swing in the coming week, but we just got our first taste of Alaska Red King Crab today before the season officially begins. Every year, the Alaska Fish & Game test boat surveys the crab population with a test catch, and we are fortunate to enjoy the fruits of that haul.

Even better, dishes featuring shellfish as the shining star are naturally coupled with beer & wine. Below, Todd Templin, our VP of Wine, Beer, and The DLM Cheese Shop, helps guide us in selecting the perfect brew or vine to complement the freshest catches. Raise a toast to the coast!

1. Alaska Red King Crab Legs + Heitz 2015 ChardonnayAlaska Red King Crab

A bold dish like Alaska Red King Crab Legs calls for a bold wine. Heitz Chardonnay is creamy but with enough acid to make you think of a Burgundy.

2. Clambake Buckets + Scrimshaw PilsnerClambake Bucket

Fall nights gathered around a fire with family and friends calls for good, hearty food. Our 5-gallon clambake buckets come brimming with potatoes, fresh corn, carrots, celery, onion, Andouille sausage, clams, mussels, shrimp, and a beer or wine base. Make sure to pre-order yours at DorothyLane.com/Clambake. Scrimshaw Pils matches up the melange of flavors with an aromatic, spicy-hop nose.

3. Oysters + Clos des Grands Primos MuscadetFresh Oysters

Just like a wine, oysters develop their own characteristic, subtle tastes developed by their environment. Not sure what to do with them at home? Join us for Oyster Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays at DLM Washington Square. Pair with the crisp, minerally flavors of Clos des Grands Primos Muscadet for easy elegance at dinner.

4. Crab Cake + 2016 Le MontPlump Crab Cake

Now is the time to get your hands on the season’s freshest crab meat. Whether you make your own at home or grab one from the Seafood department, crab cakes are a delicious way to enjoy this delicacy. The ultra-crisp fruit of this Sauvignon Blanc really let the flavors of the crab cake shine.

5. Shrimp + Dibon Brut Reserva CavaCajun Shrimp Kebabs

For the ultimate fall treat, grill some in-the-shell shrimp on cedar planks and enjoy while sitting on the deck with a glass of bubbly.